The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the final season dates selections for the 2003-04 waterfowl season. Maryland duck hunters can look forward to a long season, with relatively liberal bag limits.
The season dates are based on a framework provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Maryland hunters will have a 60-day season divided into three segments. The segments are: Oct. 25 through Nov. 1; Nov. 8 through Nov. 28; and Dec. 16 through Jan. 24.
The annual survey of duck nesting success showed that the pintail populations were up this spring and summer, but the species is still well below historical levels. Maryland will feature a limited pintail season, which will be open the first segment, and the third segment of the general duck season. The daily bag limit will be one pintail. As has been the case in recent seasons, black ducks will be legal in the second and third segments only.